Suppose you have an option to choose your manager, agreed it’s not a choice we usually get, but let’s say you do. Who would you like to work with?
Manager A: who continuously pushes the envelope: getting you to think more, do more, experiment more, someone who is almost impossible satisfy. OR
Manager B: who acknowledges your work, suggests modifications, but doesn’t turn it upside down
Think for a moment, how would it feel working for Manager A? Like an endless treadmill, nothing seem to be OK for him / her. You take something, and then rework, at times come back to scratch and take another approach. And then build on…
If you have gone through this loop, you would easily recognize the associated emotions: frustration, anger, irritation..
Compare this with working for Manager B. You put in your best efforts, discuss your work with him / her. Few suggestions, modifications, ideas are shared, post that you can quickly close the work and move on… Imagine the sense of completion and acknowledgement, very fulfillingright?
Many of us have worked with both types of managers, so have I.
Now back to the question: Who would you choose to work with? Manager A or B?
Working with manager B is easy and satisfying.
However, I would choose Manager A
A manager who continuously pushes the envelope enables the team members to learn, experiment, and do the very best, even surpassing their own expectations. They truly unleash the hidden potential.
Agreed, working with such managers is not easy, can be truly frustrating… how about calling it the ‘cost of learning’ or the ‘cost of becoming a better professional’
At the outset, I would like to thank you for stopping by my Blog.
I believe that there is nothing right or wrong in this world. What’s right in this moment and context may be wrong in another moment and context. This belief has inspired me to name my blog ‘Perspectives’.
Perspectives is a platform for me to share my experiences, thoughts and perspectives on various subjects. You may have a different point of view. I look forward to hearing them, these are the triggers for rich and deep conversations.
On personal front, I live in Mumbai, India. I love to read; Somerset Maugham and Nevil Shute are my favorite authors. My favorite books are The Razor’s Edge, Mrs. Craddock, Chequer Board and Gone with the Wind. I am thankful to my father who inculcated the habit of reading in me early on.
I am also passionate about traveling, I have been to most parts of India and to several countries across the globe.
On professional front, I work in Human Resources function. Over two and half decades, I have worked across multiple industries and cultures. I focus on Leadership Development, Talent Management, Visioning and Culture, Large-scale change, Employee Listening & Engagement, Employee Well-being, Inclusive work culture, HR effectiveness, Behavior and Mind-set shifts through sustained interventions
I currently lead Organization Effectiveness Function for Aditya Birla Group, a $44.3 billion conglomerate with 120000 employees across 35 countries.
I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading my blog. I look forward to your thoughts and suggestions.
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